What Should You Do With Your Careless Driving Ticket in Miami Dade, Florida – Call 305-279-4740- LAW OFFICES OF TROY & SCHWARTZ, LLC

If you recently got a careless driving ticket in Miami or anywhere in Florida, we know that you likely have many questions about how it will impact your driving record and your possible criminal record.

When you receive a careless driving ticket in Florida, you should learn more about this offense, potential defenses, and the penalties that you may face under Florida law.

The most important thing will be working with a Miami, Florida traffic defense attorney to learn more about fighting the ticket and the charges.


Under Florida law ( Fla. Stat. 316.1925) careless driving is defined in terms of failing to obey the law.  The statute makes clear that “any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.”

The statute goes on to explain that “failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving.”  In other words, anyone who is driving in Miami, Florida is expected to obey the rules of the road in order to avoid harming anyone else or causing any type of property damage.  If a driver fails to drive in that manner, or what Florida law describes as a careful and prudent manner, than you can face careless driving charges.

A person can get a ticket for careless driving in a wide variety of circumstance, including traffic accidents in which the law enforcement official believes that the person is at fault, as well as any incidents in which a law enforcement official believes that a driver is not driving in a careful and prudent manner.

To be clear, no harm has to occur- nobody has to get hurt and no property damage must occur- in order for a person to get a ticket for careless driving.


You should know that penalties for careless driving in order to understand the importance of fighting your ticket.  While careless driving is not a criminal offense, potential penalties can include costly fines.  The maximum penalty for a careless driving charge under Florida law is $500, while.

Yet penalties for careless driving extend beyond the financial penalty that you will pay.  Typically, a careless driving conviction means that you will end up with more points on your license than you would with a typical traffic violation.

While many moving violations result in 3 points or fewer on a person’s driver’s license, a careless driving conviction can result in 4 points on your driver’s license.  As a result, a careless driving ticket can end up costing significantly more money in the long run for car insurance.

In some cases, it may be possible to get what is known as a “withhold of adjudication.”  In Florida, this means that the person does not have a conviction, and must take a driving class in order to avoid having a conviction on his or her record.


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Posted in Uncategorized on August 23,2019 10:08 AM